Archibald Edward Wones Compston (1893 – 8 August 1962) was an English professional golfer. Through the 1920s he built a reputation as a formidable match play golfer, in an era when many professionals made more money from "challenge" matches against fellow pros, or wealthy amateurs, than from tournament golf.
|Full name||Archibald Edward Wones Compston|
|Died||8 August 1962 (age 69)|
|Best results in major championships|
|U.S. Open||T7: 1927|
|The Open Championship||T2: 1925|
Compston was born in Wolverhampton.
Famously, in 1928, Compston - who had won the British PGA Matchplay Championship in 1925 and 1927 - faced Walter Hagen, who had won the American PGA Championship at match play in the previous four years, in a 72-hole challenge match, and defeated the American 18 & 17. However, when the two met again shortly afterward at The Open Championship at Royal St George's, Hagen prevailed, with Compston placing third.
In 1930, Compston nearly derailed Bobby Jones's bid for the Grand Slam at Hoylake - his third round of 68 took the lead from Jones, but inexplicably his form deserted him in the final round, and Compston shot 82 to finish down the field.
Compston also became notable as perhaps Britain's first "celebrity" professional golfer, becoming a coach to the future Edward VIII. He was the professional at the Wentworth Club from 1945 to 1948, and later at the Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda.
Tournament wins (11)Edit
- This list may be incomplete
- 1925 Leeds Cup, Glasgow Herald Tournament, British PGA Matchplay Championship
- 1926 Leeds Cup
- 1927 Ifield Tournament, British PGA Matchplay Championship
- 1928 Eastern Open Championship
- 1929 Roehampton Invitation
- 1930 Daily Dispatch Southport Tournament
- 1935 Roehampton Invitation
- 1945 Yorkshire Evening News Tournament
Results in major championshipsEdit
|The Open Championship||T73||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT|
|The Open Championship||T9||35||27||T59||T21||T2||DQ||T23||3||12|
|The Open Championship||T6||T29||T10||T12||T49||T44||CUT|
|The Open Championship||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||T18||CUT|
Note: Compston only played in The Open Championship and the U.S. Open.
NT = No tournament
DQ = disqualified
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
- Great Britain vs USA (representing Great Britain): 1926 (winners)
- Ryder Cup (representing Great Britain): 1927, 1929 (winners), 1931
- France–Great Britain Professional Match (representing Great Britain): 1929 (winners, captain)
- England–Scotland Professional Match (representing England): 1932 (winners), 1935 (winners)
- England–Ireland Professional Match (representing England): 1932 (winners)
- Alliss, Peter (1983). The Who's Who of Golf. Orbis Publishing. pp. 225–226. ISBN 0-85613-520-8.
- "Past professionals". Wentworth Club. Archived from the original on 1 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-10.
- "Compston wins by one hole". The Vancouver Sun. 13 April 1929. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
- "Great golf at Southport". The Glasgow Herald. 10 May 1930. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
- "Compston beats Padgham in final". The Glasgow Herald. 8 April 1935. Retrieved 13 February 2011.